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Old 07-22-2019, 07:07 PM   #21
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Always leave ours out...................... whats a power awning new invention ? ........................ next you are going to carry a phone around in your pocket ???


They're called "communicators." Capt Kirk never went anywhere without one!
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:18 PM   #22
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I usually put mine out in October when I arrive in AZ for the winter and leave it out most of the time. If we take off for a few days I might bring it in if high winds are forecast. It is not electric, it is well secured and has no problem with 40 mph winds. I may bring it in 2-3 times in 6 months.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:12 PM   #23
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Soooo... are y’all saying I should have brought mine in while driving?
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:22 PM   #24
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Soooo... are yall saying I should have brought mine in while driving?


Just keep it under 40 mph
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They're called "communicators." Capt Kirk never went anywhere without one!
Ah that's it I knew I saw them somewhere !!!!!!! TV invented them.............

The Good ole day's if it was on TV it had to be true..............
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:47 PM   #26
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Soooo... are yall saying I should have brought mine in while driving?


Do you have manual or electric?

Electric? Do you have poles and brackets?
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:45 AM   #27
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While camping near the north rim of the grand canyon we also had a dust devil appear out of nowhere.
It was a relatively hot afternoon but not terrible. We had all windows and doors open on our camper since this was a no hookup CG. We had our manual awning out and were standing outside chatting with the camp host.
Suddenly we heard a strange whooshing sound. We looked across the CG and saw a HUGE dust devil coming right at us.
There was no time to do anything but yell and I grabbed one awning pole while the host grabbed the other. I think Rita held onto me. It went right over us. We closed our eyes and were pelted with sand and shook hard and then it was over.

Our pockets were full of sand and long needles from the Ponderosa pine trees. The spoke wheels of my motorcycle where packed with pine needles. There was a heavy coating of dust on EVERYTHING inside the trailer and yes of course I had windows partly down on my truck too.
A neighbor had an inside bathroom door slammed shut so hard it came off the hinges.
5 minutes later a fire truck showed up because they had seen the giant dust funnel and thought it was a smoke plume.

I'm surprised it didn't tear the awning off the gutter rail.
Sometimes you are lucky and sometimes the wind is gonna get your awning no matter what you do....
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I miss the manual awning on my previous trailer. I would put four deflappers on each side, tie the corners down to a tree or picnic table and let the wind rip.
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And because they read it on the internet, it must be true.

Regardless, that was an old type manual awning so the wind factor must have been more than a breeze. Either type, common sense HAS to come into play.
Bet they did not have the legs down & anchored !!!
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:09 AM   #30
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I wonder if TURBS is still around ???
He made my last set of Legs !!!
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:11 AM   #31
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I wonder if TURBS is still around ???
He made my last set of Legs !!!
He is and posted on the forum recently. (last activity 7-12-19)
I just don't believe his (now somewhat) new job allows enough time to make brackets & poles.
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He is and posted on the forum recently. (last activity 7-12-19)
I just don't believe his (now somewhat) new job allows enough time to make brackets & poles.
Now that you say that,,, I remember hearing that in the past !!!
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Old 07-23-2019, 09:34 AM   #33
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Especially with power awnings, there is no reason not to only roll out the minimum needed during a rain storm. I only roll out a couple feet on rainy mornings to shield that sides windows and door. If NO WIND I may roll it out fully. Always in at night and when away from camp. Too many horror stories like this one.
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In all seriousness, (no I didn’t drive with the awning out {well, not all the way out and under 40 mph}) this thread has been very helpful. Thanks for sharing your experiences with me!
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:31 PM   #35
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I miss the manual awning on my previous trailer. I would put four deflappers on each side, tie the corners down to a tree or picnic table and let the wind rip.


We miss ours also

We had mounts on our deck to detach from camper and use in carport position with 4 deflappers

It was rock solid and we tilted one end if it was supposed to rain ....much more robust than the electric ones now
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:43 PM   #36
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The Internet.

Someone posted that they always leave their awnings out and have never had a problem.
I full time for 4 months a year. This is our 4th year on seasonal site. Awning stays out and tied down 24/7.
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I believe any of us that once had a manual awning, and now are stuck with a power awning would love to tried for the manual one !!!
To properly use a power awning it becomes more work that the old manual ones !!!

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I've had 2 campers now with electric Awnings and both came with the auto dump feature that worked jus great. I also think there is something out there that automatically rolls up when wind or rain is detected.
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We miss ours also

We had mounts on our deck to detach from camper and use in carport position with 4 deflappers

It was rock solid and we tilted one end if it was supposed to rain ....much more robust than the electric ones now
X2. I sure miss the manual ones. They had several options in setting up. When I set it up the way you described, I had no worries about leaving it out.
The electric one I have now is just flimsy. I tried poles and tie downs, and eventually just gave up. So now it's rolled up unless I'm sitting there underneath it.
Some 'advances' are just not.....
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Old 10-10-2019, 01:41 PM   #40
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I have a 2012 TT with a manual awning, we always put ours away at night before bed. And if it's supposed to storm anytime during the day, we will put it away, no matter what.
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